MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 269, 2019IIW 2018 - International Conference on Advanced Welding and Smart Fabrication Technologies
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||22 February 2019|
A Feasibility Study Comparing Two Commercial TIG Welding Machines for Deep Penetration
Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Developing a deep penetration TIG welding technique to produce welds of equal quality to the industrial standard practise of laser-based welding techniques has the potential to lower production complexity and cost. Higher currents levels are required to increase penetration depth in conventional TIG welding but this results in excessive weld bead width amongst other detrimental effects. However, through K-TIG and A-TIG techniques these detrimental effects can be circumnavigated. Prior experimental work on weld pool dynamics in conventional TIG welding in higher current regions has been sparse as TIG welding enhanced through novel techniques provides the best quality welds. This paper is an early feasibility study for novel deep penetration welding techniques motivated by observations made during research done at The University of Sheffield where unexpected activity in the weld pool was identified during TIG welding with a VBC IE500DHC between 300A – 1000A. This current range is labelled the ‘Red Region’. Understanding the fluid dynamics of the molten metal in the weld pool at the ‘ Red Region' current level will help in the creation of novel techniques for deep penetration TIG welding. Addressing this, this paper compares the quality of welds produced between 100A and 200A on 316 Stainless Steel by two industrially leading welding machines; the Miller Dynasty 350 and the VBCie 500DHC.
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